Teach It! Connecting Primary Sources to the Classroom: Connecticut's Role in World War One promotes critical thinking skills through the identification and interpretation of primary sources. Collaborating with Connecticut History Day, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, and Connecticut League of History Organizations—and connecting to the Connecticut State Library's World War One commemoration initiative, "Looking Back Looking Forward: Connecticut's Role in the Great War"— this project focuses on developing inquiry-based activities and digital primary-source "treasure chests" from archival materials found at loc.gov and local cultural organizations.
A series of hands-on teacher workshops promote engagement with the activities and "treasure chests" and emphasizes analysis, interpretation, and identification of resources that support specific teaching goals and offer multiple avenues of inquiry. Connecticut Humanities', Teach It (teachitct.org), provides resources directly connected to the Connecticut State Social Studies Frameworks and is also a key resource for participating teachers.
Academic Controversy in the History Classroom is a professional development initiative that provides twenty 6th – 12th grade pre-and in-service social studies teachers from the greater New Haven and Hartford Connecticut areas hands-on experience with learning how to use and incorporate primary resources into their teaching. This project engages teachers in a full-day professional development workshop culminating in teachers creating their own lessons using primary sources. Facilitators provide ongoing technical and content assistance in revising and refining these units of study. Ongoing activities feature a blog where teachers submit and share their lessons. "Academic Controversy in the History Classroom" Website with downloadable lesson plans.
Keeping it Real: Teaching with Primary Sources provides hands-on professional development to 4th – 12th grade educators in the greater New Haven area on how to use and incorporate primary sources in their teaching. Teachers attend a full-day professional development session culminating in creating lessons that utilize primary sources. During the session, participants are introduced to the various avenues that make primary sources at the Library of Congress more easily accessible to teachers. Lessons are crafted digitally, and participating educators collaborate virtually to give feedback and enhance the lessons. After the session, participants are encouraged to share the lesson website with their colleagues in the 25 regional districts that ACES (Area Cooperative Educational Services) serves in the greater New Haven area. "Keeping It Real" Website with downloadable lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school.
American Song - the music, the history, and the people curriculum is an ongoing part of the classes at both the University and in public school districts, impacting a different group of students every year. Pre-service teachers at Fairfield University take the units with them to their positions when they graduate, thus increasing the number of students with exposure. Further dissemination takes place through conferences and professional development workshops. We would also be honored to share our work through the Virtual Institute, if so invited. History of American Song (MU120) Syllabus
Document It! is a program to support primary source use in classrooms. The project combines the capacities of university, school, museum, Library of Congress, video and film producers, digital archivists, and specialists, to construct, model, and produce digital media products and curriculum for classrooms, the Internet, distance, and public viewing networks. Document It! Website
November 2008 professional development program presented by Ann B. Canning, Ed. D., TPS Eastern Region Consultant Searching for Connecticut at the Library of Congress
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